Pettistree: Master baker and father-of-three, Neil Moss, said to be in “no danger” seconds before tragic motorcycle accident

Sarah Moss, husband Neil and her family

Sarah Moss, husband Neil and her family - Credit: contributed

A father who was involved in a collision with a car died after he lost control of his motorbike on a tight bend, an inquest has heard.

Neil Moss riding his motorcycle

Neil Moss riding his motorcycle - Credit: Archant

Neil Moss, 50, of Pettistree, was riding his Ducati Street Fighter motorcycle on March 29 when the crash near Snape happened at around 1.10pm.

The inquest at Ip-City Centre, Ipswich, heard how a rider, likely to be Mr Moss, had just overtaken a car on a straight part of Snape Road, between the village and Sudbourne. But seconds later the driver of the passed car found him in the road after he had collided with a Honda Accord which was going in the opposite direction.

Mr Moss, who worked as a master baker in Woodbridge, would have known the road well, the inquest heard.

Pc Andrew Fossey, collision investigator, said: “In my opinion as he was travelling he tried to negotiate a right bend when the bike slid out from under him. Considering whether the Honda could have done anything to avoid the collision – my view is that the driver’s view was restricted (by trees) and would have had difficulty in avoiding the bike.

“The driver who was overtaken by the motorcycle said Mr Moss left a lot of room between the vehicles and estimated the speed he was doing at 60mph. He said he appeared safe and in no danger in anyway.”


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He added there was “number of possibilities” which could have led to the accident and did not rule out an animal having been in the road at the time of the crash. Suffolk coroner, Dr Peter Dean, said there was no evidence to say Mr Moss had been speeding.

Mr Moss was the owner of The Bakehouse Bakery and had been married to Sarah who worked with her husband. They had celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in October.

They had two children together, Francesca and Isabel. Mr Moss also had an older daughter, Ellen, from a previous marriage.

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Dr Dean, said: “The family have said he was a doting father, who was fun and had a brilliant sense of humour. Life was hectic but clearly he was someone who was much loved and highly-regarded in a very loving and close family.

“This is a very major tragedy for the family who have been touched my Neil’s loss. One gets a sense of the respect and love for him from the family statement.”

There was no evidence of any alcohol or drugs in either Mr Moss or the Honda Accord driver’s bodies. Pc Fossey added there was no evidence of any faults to the road surface.

Dr Dean recorded a verdict of accidental death and said that Mr Moss had died at the scene due to multiple injuries.

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